Sound off about the ways the world gets ADHD wrong—and why it should wake up and smell the reality.

posted: Wednesday September 21st - 11:40am

We Owe a Lot to the “Dean of ADHD”

Dr. Paul H. Wender was the most visible believer in a mental health condition that many people said wasn’t real.

Paul Wender
Rarely in science and medicine are we able to trace the establishment of a standard diagnosis to one person the way we can Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to Paul H. Wender. M.D. In 1971 Dr. Wender published the first monograph on children who had what was then called Minimal Brain Dysfunction, and in 1995 the first description of adults with ADHD. In doing so, he...
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posted: Friday June 10th - 9:30am

ADHD Meds Work Better Than Behavioral Parent Training for ADHD Symptoms! Case Closed!

The CDC has to stop purveying the idea that behavioral parent training is as effective as medication for children with ADHD. It just isn’t so.

ADHD Expert Russell Barkley, M.D.
You would think from the article in Mental Health Weekly, based on a report from and interviews with CDC officials, that behavioral parent training (BPT) was as effective as medication for management of young children with ADHD. Alas, sadly, this is not true. It is yet another example of the CDC speaking to the press about their findings and implications without doing more careful scholarship or...
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posted: Friday May 27th - 9:30am

Adderall on Campus: Students Just Don’t Get ADHD or How the Med Levels the Playing Field for Me

Exam time jump-starts the hunt for Adderall by students who want an edge, and a total disregard for those who actually need it.

Misconceptions About ADHD Medication: Adderall at Columbia University
Coby Zucker, today's guest blogger, just finished his freshman year at Columbia University in New York. I attend Columbia University in New York. Students are well educated, forward thinking, and often promote parity on many different levels. Despite this, students with learning differences here often experience criticism and adversity as a result of their conditions. The student body has a lack of knowledge and awareness of...
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posted: Wednesday December 9th - 9:30am

Confused About What Nurse Practitioners Do? Get the Facts Here

I need to set the record straight about your piece on nurse practitioners. It is just wrong.

Nurse Practitioners Can Diagnose and Treat Adult ADHD
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who works with adults in both private practice and at a busy mental health clinic. I was disappointed and a bit offended by the article “Who Can Diagnose ADHD?” As a nurse practitioner, not only did I learn the pathophysiology and psychopharmacological and other treatments for ADHD in graduate school at the University of Rochester, but, like any other...
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posted: Tuesday November 10th - 2:25pm

The Scandal of ADHD Diagnosis in the U.S.

The majority of ADHD diagnoses are made with the kind of attention you wouldn’t accept from an automobile service department. And our kids are the ones getting hurt by the fractured process. Things need to change.

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If you think a lot of American children are being over-diagnosed with ADHD, and perhaps over-medicated, you're right. And if you think a lot of American children aren't being diagnosed with ADHD and not given treatment when they should — guess what? You're also right. The reason for both of these potentially serious problems is the same—and it's a scandal. Despite the best wisdom of our mental...
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posted: Friday February 20th - 11:39am

Adults: Are You Part of the 85 Percent?

Many adults are walking around with ADHD and don’t know it. Our advice? Get it checked out, sooner rather than later.

Undiagnosed ADHD
There is no arguing with the facts. Nine million adults in the United States have ADHD. Unbelievably, eighty-five percent of them don’t know that they do. What does that mean for the undiagnosed millions? “Untold personal misery, in many cases,” says Alan Brown, founder of ADD Crusher, a program of videos and tools to help adults deal with symptoms. Brown was once part of the 85...
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posted: Monday December 15th - 2:49pm

The Press Got It Wrong: The Real Truth Behind a New Test for ADHD

It is called NEBA, and it can determine if a child’s symptoms are caused by ADHD or another condition.

Steven Snyder, Ph.D.
After the FDA cleared NEBA as a biological test that can help a clinician evaluate a patient for ADHD, many have weighed in with their opinions. There were many misconceptions in the press criticizing NEBA as a replacement for the clinician’s diagnosis. Unfortunately, the press got it wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. NEBA is intended to give the clinician key information about a...
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posted: Wednesday September 3rd - 2:56pm

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong: How the Media Butchers the Facts About ADHD

The misinformation about attention deficit in the public arena is more than annoying. It can harm people.

Newspaper, News
I am perplexed, disappointed, and angry about inaccurate, unresearched, and bad reporting about ADHD. It’s as though the writers, reporters, and personalities who manufacture this garbage have either no comprehension, or concern, that they might harm people. How does misinformation harm people? > Would you try medication for ADHD if you heard from a seemingly authoritative source that it wasn’t researched, and was almost always dangerous? (Both of...
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posted: Monday July 14th - 9:12am

Stop Judging My ADHD Son!

We should all celebrate the unseen gifts of our kids, even as the world shakes its head in silent judgment.

Loving Mother and ADHD Son
We have all seen another mother making "one of those faces" when our child acts out, or doesn't act the way society thinks he or she should. I wrote this for a fellow mom — and for all moms of ADHD kids — who witnessed her son being judged in karate class. I see you there, shaking your head in silent judgment as my son argues with...
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posted: Monday March 24th - 9:35am

Is ADHD a Disease? That's Not the Right Question

The litmus test is: Will a child be better off, in the long run, with ADHD treatment?

A series of articles and books have popped up lately denying that ADHD is a legitimate disease. Some have cited allegations that Dr. Leon Eisenberg, an early pioneer in identifying ADHD, made a deathbed confession that ADHD is a “fictitious” disease. So is ADHD a legitimate disease? The first question that needs to be answered is: What’s a disease? Diseases are social constructs. Our concept of disease is...
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